Those who work from home know it, the benefits are enormous, but the pitfalls are just as big.
If a strict routine is imposed, however, the disadvantages can be almost completely eliminated, except for the absence of direct interpersonal relationships with colleagues and the risk of gaining weight.
For the first case, we can’t do anything about it, other than to suggest you carve out social spaces over the course of the week so as not to freak out because of the long isolation. In the second case, instead, there is some advice for you.
“Avoid getting weight by working from home can be done!”
Continuous raids in the kitchen, preparing all meals at home, having the entire pantry available instead of just the snack that you would keep in the office drawer or just the coffee at the machine are very dangerous traps for our line. For starters, avoid having lunch at the computer by popping what’s ready here and there.
Stand up and prepare a full meal, cooking it yourself. You can prepare it in advance as if you were going to the office, if you don’t want to waste time during the day, but make sure you consume that and not what happens to be found in the shelves of your fridge. You can also go out for a quick lunch or a snack break, but the risk is that you will consume more calories. Several studies prove it: when eating out we ingest more calories than eating at home.
Since your hours are presumably more flexible than those of an office worker, organize your sports routine by carving out a space for physical activity, to do at home or as a break to have fun going out of the house to do a run . If you want to go out you can also enroll in a course in the gym at a different time than usual, crowded and often less effective. So you can forget at least for an hour even the cookies that looks like are calling you from the cabinet in the kitchen.
Being able to organize yourself as you wish at home, design your work space based on your personal needs. It is true that having a space separate from the house and more like a classic office helps to concentrate on work, differentiating it physically from domestic tasks and from the temptation to relax too much on the sofa, but you have no limits, so use your imagination.
You can also choose to work on the deck chairs, as far as you’re concerned, right? Or on the exercise bike? So you can do some movement while doing some secondary tasks like the reading your emails etc.
Sarah is part of the Team ELC and she helps people discover what makes their life happy, meaningful, and full of ease. She is a writer, meditator and loves painting, an art she happily gets to practice a lot in her spare time.